Olt has dealt with a sore shoulder this spring, but if he can get some time at third base soon without suffering a setback, that and a strong offensive performance could instill him as the starter at the hot corner once the season begins. He's 7 for 21 with three home runs and six RBI in seven games while serving as a designated hitter.
The home run was part of a 1-for-3 performance for Baez, who is 7 for 21 with three solo homers to his credit this spring. The highly-touted prospect won't break camp with the team, but he's certainly doing nothing to temper expectations down the road.
Wolf could easily be a factor in the team's opening-day rotation with multiple injuries afflicting projected starting pitchers, but he has been homer-happy in the early-going, giving up two homers in his previous start before dishing out two more Wednesday. He owns a 6.00 ERA in nine innings over three starts this spring.
McDonald's shaky spring continues. He coughed up two home runs while walking three in his spring debut before putting together two scoreless innings his last time out then reverting back to mediocrity Wednesday. He owns a 12.71 ERA and 0:8 K:BB ratio through 5 2/3 innings, and his chance to win the final spot in the team's rotation could be fading away.
Miley has only give up two earned runs in 14 innings through his first three spring appearances, giving him a 1.29 ERA to go with an 11:3 K:BB ratio. His numbers are far superior to those from last spring, when he posted a 7.43 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in four starts.
Russell has dealt with a dead arm this spring, pushing back his first spring appearance to mid-March. He went 1-6 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 37:18 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings last season.
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General manager Jack Zduriencik told CBSSports.com that there has been continued dialogue with Morales and that the club does not hold a grudge after he declined the team's qualifying offer at the outset of free agency. The two sides still have work to do in negotations, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Morales return to Seattle at this point.
Tulowitzki was hit in the leg by a pitch Wednesday and taken out of the game, but his injury isn't serious and he should return to action soon. He is 3 for 13 with three walks, two home runs and five RBI this spring.
The team is unofficially targeting the third week of April for the return of each, meaning the pitchers would miss just three or four starts. Iwakuma may have the splint removed from his injured finger by the end of this week. Walker is "said to be doing very well" as he recovers from a shoulder issue. The team will have to piece together the back end of the rotation until both pitchers are healthy enough to make their regular-season debuts.
Claimed by Toronto in February, Hendriks make two appearances this spring, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three in three scoreless innings. He also recorded a save in each of his spring outings.